Mali sticker Frederic Kanoute drew worldwide attention to himself last week when he refused to wear his club’s sponsor on his playing shirt due to the betting logo being against his religious beliefs.
However, it now appears as if Kanoute has done a back-flip on his position in regards to the sponsor’s logo. The El Pais newspaper reported the logo was fully visible on Friday when the team’s official photo was published.
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Kanoute drew worldwide attention to his ‘plight’ by refusing to wear the sponsor’s logo, claiming it conflicted with his religious beliefs as a Muslim. Debate raged, with many supporting the striker’s decision to cover up the logo during two league matches last week.
Gambling is outlawed by the Muslim faith. The striker, who was purchased for around $6 million by Sevilla from Tottenham, said last week: “Gambling is the work of Satan. It is forbidden by the Koran and I will not play in a shirt that promotes it.
However, it appears that the former West Ham and Spurs striker’s principles may not have been as strong as he wanted us to believe. The reports from Spanish newspaper El Pais suggest an embarrassing backdown on the issue from Kanoute.
More news regarding this issue is sure to be released soon and I, for one, will be following the developments with great interest.
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